Wisconsin bill seeks to ban bisphenol A
January 27, 2010
MADISON, WIS. – The Wisconsin state senate on Jan. 26 unanimously passed the BPA-Free Kids Act, a bill that would ban the manufacture and wholesale in Wisconsin of bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s bottles and cups. Canada, Minnesota, Connecticut, the city of Chicago and Suffolk County in New York have similar bans in effect, and 10 other states are considering bans, according to the office of Wisconsin state senator Julia Lassa, who authored the bill in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s BPA-Free Kids Act prohibits the manufacture or sale at the wholesale or retail level of children’s bottles or cups that contain BPA and requires that manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers clearly label children’s bottles and cups as BPA-free.
The legislation provides the same penalties for the manufacturers and wholesalers as those in Wisconsin’s Hazardous Substances Act: a fine up to $5,000, up to one year in jail or both. Retailers who fail to comply would face fines of $50 to $200. The bill allows a 50% surcharge from the fines that the state would collect from negligent manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to be used for the administration of the program.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this year affirmed BPA is generally safe at the current low levels of human exposure, but the agency along with the National Institutes of Health would like to work to limit the exposure young children have to the chemical due to some concerns about potential effects. FBN